Friday's home varsity boys basketball game began as a bit of a shoot out for the Missouri Military Academy as Calvary was up 20-19 at the end of the first quarter.

Because they kept firing as the night went on, Calvary's response eventually wore down, allowing the Colonels to come out ahead 73-61.

"The boys came out sharp tonight. We played good defense and were able to get good shots on offense," said coach Kevin Bissmeyer. "We were a little bit short handed but we managed to come together as a team and pull off a nice win."

MMA's secret for success in this contest was efficiency. This included making 25-of-49 field goals, including 5-of-12 three-pointers, and 17-of-30 free throws. The squad also accumulated 36 rebounds, 16 assists, 11 steals and three blocks.

Once the Colonel's outscored Calvary 15-9 at the end of the first half to grab a 34-29 lead, they then swiped the second half 39-32. This includes 20-14 in the third and 19-18 in the fourth.

The jewel of the Colonel's offensive crown was Gabriel Penha, who had a team-high 24 points with five rebounds, an assist and one steal, Bayern-Erdine Oldckbayar added 15 points, three assists, two steals and two boards and Sean Fitzgerald charted 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Victor Leon also made a five-point contribution with seven rebounds, to blcoks and one assist, Donald Williams and Pedro Risovas added four points each with a combined four boards and one assist and Matthew Ghidy posted two points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal.

"Leading performers were Bayern Erdene Oldckbayar who exited the game in the third quarter after sustaining a gruesome head injury," Bissmeyer said. "Senior forward Sean Fitzgerald had one of his best games of the season."

MMA, 7-10 overall, plays on Tuesday at home against South Callaway.